Therigatha Festival - Celebrate the Wisdom of the Ancient Bhikkhunis

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Therigatha Festival - Celebrate the Wisdom of the Ancient Bhikkhunis

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The Therīgāthā Festival is an international celebration of the Poems of the Elder Nuns, the world’s oldest collection of literature composed by women. These poems are a testament to women’s empowerment and a celebration of their spiritual awakening.

From May 3– 16, join events from Buddhist organisations around the world to discover the richness of these ancient women’s verses and support the living legacy of inspiring female practitioners.

https://therigathafestival.net/

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I found it interesting that one of the suttas I chose here as particularly resonating with me: here 3.4 Dantika was picked by Ayya Munissara. See: https://therigathafestival.net/events/


Ayya Munissara grew up in Thailand, where you do still commonly see elephants, her comments about the elephant simile were a little different from how I had originally read it. As she says, due to their size, an elephant is inherently dangerous, even when it's tame. Also, elephants tend to always be in motion, even when standing still, swaying, flicking their ears and tail, and so on. It gave a different slant on the comparison with the mind...

Prerecorded, and live-recorded events here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnnkCI ... W3yiUSDSsQ

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mikenz66 wrote: Fri May 14, 2021 9:49 pm I found it interesting that one of the suttas I chose here as particularly resonating with me: here 3.4 Dantika was picked by Ayya Munissara. See: https://therigathafestival.net/events/


Ayya Munissara grew up in Thailand, where you do still commonly see elephants, her comments about the elephant simile were a little different from how I had originally read it. As she says, due to their size, an elephant is inherently dangerous, even when it's tame. Also, elephants tend to always be in motion, even when standing still, swaying, flicking their ears and tail, and so on. It gave a different slant on the comparison with the mind...

Prerecorded, and live-recorded events here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnnkCI ... W3yiUSDSsQ

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That just gave it a whole new depth. Thank you for sharing.
“The mental and material are really here,
But here there is no human being to be found,
For it is void and merely fashioned like a doll—
Just suffering piled up like grass and sticks.”


Visuddhimagga
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